An Ode to South Park.

Rewind to 1992. Two students at the University of Colorado, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, sit down with construction paper, and a little too much special glue.

The result is an animated short film titled “The Spirit of Christmas“, also know as “Jesus vs. Frosty“. Three years later, in 1995, Fox executive Brian Graden pays Stone and Parker $1,000 to make another animated short as a video Christmas card. Armed with a new batch of construction paper and glue, they create another animated “The Spirit of Christmas” short, “Jesus vs. Santa“.

“Jesus vs. Santa” makes its way around the internet before it eventually catches the attention of the American cable network Comedy Central. They hire Matt and Trey to develop the South Park series, which premieres in the United States with “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” on August 13, 1997.

Like the two “The Spirit of Christmas” shorts, South Park’s debut episode is animated using traditional cut paper stop motion animation techniques: The 22 minute long episode took between three and three and a half months to complete. The initial reviews are negative, both at home and abroad, and most focus on the low, obscene comedy.

“Sophomoric, gross, and unfunny.” — Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel on “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”.

But from the bad reviews grow a dedicated flock of followers who managed to see South Park for what it really is: Intelligent, dark, adult satire with the occasional over-the-top dick joke crammed in for shits and giggles1.

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Anka.

Here’s a little treat for my Scandinavian readers. It’s kind of old, but it still cracks my up every time. You can say a lot about Anne Anka, but she deserves an Academy Award for her appearance in this TV commercial for a Norwegian chain of grocery stores.

Tom Cruise.

This weekend Steam had a 50% sale on everything The Sim 3. Anniken has sometimes mentioned that she used to play the original The Sims every now and I played it quite a bit myself way back then when I studied in Grimstad. Terje was the undisputed The Sims master, though, but he will try to convince you otherwise. Anyway. I bought Sim 3 at a low-low price and inspired by the Exploring the Mysteries of the Mind with the Sims 3 article posted on Cracked.com, I decided to make my own freak of nature and see how he’d manage in a digital fantasy world.

With further ado, say hello to Tom Cruise.

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India.

Yeah, I know I’ve posted quite a few short entries lately. And here’s another one! I came across this gem a while back, but didn’t get around to post it until today. There’s a good chance that you’ve seen it already, but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. Can you spot several good reasons why you should start watching Bollywood movies right now? I can.